Connecting Dots in the Big Picture

This week’s reading and videos make me think of the meaning of school and education. After we talked about so much about different styles, different thinking ways, different ideas of teaching in this pedagogy class, I feel I learned a lot before this week’s talk hits me. I suddenly realize that I am too into all the details and forget about the whole picture. The whole picture about why do we teach, why are we so passionate about education, why are we so into different aspects of pedagogy. The answer is about the future. We want to change the future of the world through education. This is the mindset we always want to have when we pick up the details about teaching and connecting them together.

Picture Source: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/how-to-unleash-your-creativity

There is another fundamental thing we need to figure out here. What kind of results do we expect from our teaching? Before we start to plan a course and put the pedagogy we learned in this course, we need to think about the learning outcomes we expect. For teaching landscape architecture, I expect to help my students gain more creativity. “Creativity” starts to sound old, since we seem to talk about it a lot. However, as future designers, my students are expected to create the landscape for an empty land. They are expected to solve the design problems in creative ways. I don’t expect them to remember all the knowledge we talk in class, but I do expect them to change their thinking ways and offer more possibilities for the future clients and the future world. Creativity will always be my ultimate goal when I set up a course and think about pedagogy.

8 comments for “Connecting Dots in the Big Picture

  1. 25 April, 2017 at 9:45 am

    You make an excellent point. Sometimes we have difficulty seeing the forest through the trees. What we really need to do as educators and in general is step back from the details of the problem and recalibrate.

  2. Maria Saxton
    25 April, 2017 at 11:18 am

    This is a really good synopsis of our course. Its important to remember to step back and look/appreciate the whole picture. Its so easy to forget to do this, especially when things get crazy

  3. Nicole Quinn
    25 April, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Inspiring creativity and free thought in others is always a great goal. It’s a transferable skill while also being very satisfying for you and your students. I hope you continue to do that throughout your teaching career!

  4. 25 April, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    I appreciate your emphasis on creativity and I share this orientation. I think you are right that students will not remember every detail that you teach them but, if you maintain this emphasis, they can come away from the course having exercised and developed new ways of thinking and approaching problems.

  5. 26 April, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Great wrap up to all the topics we discussed.
    I do believe that creativity should be a key aspect in designing our future courses, and definitely how different learning techniques should be developed.

  6. Michelle Soledad
    26 April, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    “I don’t expect them to remember all the knowledge we talk in class, but I do expect them to change their thinking ways and offer more possibilities for the future clients and the future world.” I really love this statement, and your students are lucky to have you as their instructor… someone who puts emphasis not on what they can regurgitate here and now, but what they are able to create in the future. You are opening their world and helping them grow. Thank you for sharing your reflections!

  7. 26 April, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    “We want to change the future of the world through education” I think this accurately describes most teachers/professors purpose for teaching (or at least it perfectly defines why decided I wanted to teach). I like that you took a step back to really get the big picture of this class and why we are all here.

  8. 26 April, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Once someone told me, when things get difficult and you lose sight of the bigger picture, always ask yourself: “Why am I here in the first place? Why did I decide to embark on that journey?” When we lose sight of the bigger picture, asking ourselves why are we there in the first place, help us remember about the wishes we made and the hardwork and intentions we’ve put to make it happen.

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